Category Archives: Elections

Elections and elected officials of Kerrville and Kerr County, Texas.

Sports Complex Fever Broken in November Bond Elections

Although Kerr County’s voter turnout was incredibly low, thanks in part to no other matters on the ballot other than Texas Constitutional amendment propositions, other nearby communities had some important local matters to address.

I found two elections that I think are useful for comparison to one of our local projects, the Holdsworth Drive Athletic Complex. Of course, our athletic complex, which is set to open this spring, was funded without ad valorem tax increases. Our complex was funded by a donation of $1.5 million in land and $3+ million in cash from the Cailloux Foundation, and $9 million from the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC) via 4b sales tax revenue. So Kerrville was not asked to raise taxes in order to pay for the soon-to-open complex — we were able to create a world class facility for our youth without asking taxpayers to foot the extra bill.

However, taxpayers in Gillespie and Val Verde Counties had to make a decision… Would they abide a slight tax increase to provide much needed athletic facilities for the area youth? Continue reading

Lowest voter turnout in at least 12 years for November 2017 Election

The 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election was held on Tuesday, November 7, and only 4.9% of registered Kerr County voters cast a ballot. This is the lowest county-wide turnout for a November election in at least the past 12 years. Constitutional elections are held every two years, and in 2011, and we had a turnout of 8.64%, which was the previous low — about 3.5 points higher than today’s turnout.

Absentee, early, and election day voting options were offered. About 5% voted by mail, 34% voted early, and 61% voted on election day. Four polling places were open — one for each precinct.

On the ballot were seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution, and are discussed in great detail in this Voter’s Guide provided by the League of Women Voters.

Kerr County voters said “Yes” to all but two of the seven proposed amendments. Numbers 5 and 7 failed to receive a majority of support by our county’s voters.

Number 5 was a constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations
conducting charitable raffles. Proposition 5 would amend Article 3, Section 47(d-1) of the Texas Constitution, enabling certain professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

This measure failed in Kerr County by 51.87% to 48.13%.

Number 7 was a constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings. Proposition 7 would amend the constitution to allow the legislature to authorize credit unions or other financial institutions to conduct promotional activities that can award a prize to one or more of the institution’s depositors selected by lot to encourage savings.

Kerr County voters said “No” by a margin of 50.18% to 49.82%.

The other propositions garnered wide majority support “For” the measures.

The statewide turnout ended up coming in at around 5.7%.

Statewide election night returns: https://enrpages.sos.state.tx.us/public/nov07_320_state.htm

Article by Aaron Yates

Editor’s Note: This post has been edited several times to update the turnout numbers and correct a statement about previous Constitutional Amendment Elections.

Races for Place 1 and 2 shape up as deadline passes

Friday was the deadline to apply for a spot on the 2017 Kerrville City Council election ballot, and the race will not be as competitive as we thought. Despite 11 men submitting applications to fill the vacancy on Place 4 last week, only 2 of those candidates actually filed for the election ballot.

For Place 1, Mr. Vincent Voelkel turned in his application to run against incumbent Stephen Fine. Mr. Fine also turned in his packet last week, so he will appear on the May ballot. These two will be the only candidates on the ballot in this year’s election for Place 1.

For Place 2, only one candidate will appear on the ballot: George Baroody. Incumbent Glenn Andrew did not choose to seek re-election to his seat. So only Mr. Baroody will appear on the ballot, giving him a “free pass” for Seat 2.

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So you wanna be a city councilmember…

Good on you! Way to take the initiative and get involved in your community. The upcoming 2017 election occurs on May 6, and will include City Council Place 1 and Place 2. Current holders of those seats are Stephen Fine and Glenn Andrew, respectively.

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The first thing you’ll need to know is that you must file an application  to get a place on the ballot. The application fee is $100, which is waived if you file a valid petition instead. You must get 100 signatures of qualified and registered voters in the city to waive the filing fee. The important thing to remember is they must be qualified to vote in CITY elections — not county. If they’re not eligible to vote in the city, their signature isn’t counted towards that 100.

Qualifications for Office

To hold a position on city council, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Qualified voter in the State of Texas;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • Resident of the City for 12 consecutive months (or you must have lived in a recently annexed area for at least 12 consecutive months);
  • Cannot hold any other elected office or city employment.

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Applications and petitions can be picked up starting now at City Hall in the City Secretary’s office. Call 258-1117 for more information. Or visit the city’s election page for more info.

You must file your completed application/petition between January 18 and February 17, 2017.

The Historic City Election of 2016

On Saturday, May 7, the final votes were cast in an historic city council election in Kerrville, Texas. Record voter turnout for early voting plus election day voting helped boost Bonnie White to the mayor’s seat, and kept Place 3 and 4 incumbents in their seats — Gary Stork and Gene Allen, respectively.

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Bonnie White has become only the second female mayor of Kerrville in the city’s history. The last time a woman was elected mayor was in the mid 1970s. She garnered 52.9% of the 3,205 votes cast for the mayor’s race, beating challenger Glenn Andrew.

Numerous candidates challenged the incumbents in Places 3 and 4, but Stork and Allen held on, taking 39% and 37% respectively, gaining a plurality of votes in the crowded fields for those races.

Statements from the Candidates

Bonnie White: “Thank you Kerrville. I am so honored to be your Mayor.”

Gene Allen: “Well my friends, it’s finally over. We ran a great race, we held our heads high and took the high road many times. We prevailed! History was made yesterday from what I was told. Being Re-elected makes for the longest serving council member in this city’s history. That’s unconfirmed, but what I was told by authorities on the subject! Lol […] Thanks to all who have encouraged, and helped in any way to make this possible. My promise to you is that I will continue to strive to make Kerrville better than it already is! Thanks so much! Gene”

City of Kerrville City Council Forums

The Hill Country Area League of Women Voters hosted candidate forums at Schreiner University this week. Place 3 and Place 4 candidates answer questions in the two videos below, but no mayoral forum was held because Bonnie White declined the invitation to participate.

City of Ingram Candidate Forums

The Hill Country Area League of Women Voters hosted two forums in Ingram last week for candidates for city council. The forums were hosted at the Ingram Elementary School and included separate forums for mayor and for alderman. Watch the videos below.

2016 Primary Election Results are in!

Full election results as provided by the county. (PDF)

Kerr County Commissioner Precinct 1

The County Commissioner Precinct 1 Race was the closest local race, and because one person did not claim a majority of the votes (50+%), we are headed to a runoff between Dr. William Rector and Mr. Harley Belew.

Here are the tabulations for Commissioner Pct. 1:

Name Votes Pct.
Rector 1,323 39.85%
Belew 1,086 32.71%
Jones 554 16.69%
Lambert 222 6.69%
Taylor 135 4.07%

Constable Precinct 1

Tommy Rodriguez defeated Albert Luebano handily with 60% of the vote. The totals were 1,839-1,222.


Constable Precinct 3

Challenger Kenneth Wilke defeated incumbent Angel Garza with a 3:2 margin. Wilke received 1,129 (59.99%) to Garza’s 753 (40.01%).

BREAKING: Mayor Jack Pratt withdraws from race

Kerrville’s current mayor, Jack Pratt, announced today on REV-FM that he will withdraw from the 2016 mayoral campaign.

This leaves just two candidates for mayor: current city councilwoman in Place 2, Bonnie White, and challenger Glenn Andrew.

More information coming soon as it becomes available.

Three’s company when it comes to council races

The race for city council keeps getting more and more crowded. As of today, we have three people running for mayor, three running for Place 3, and three running for Place 4.

If you’re keeping track at home, here are the players that have announced as of today:

Mayor Race: Jack Pratt (i), Glenn Andrew, Bonnie White

Place 3: Gary Stork (i), George Baroody, Vincent Voelkel

Place 4: Gene Allen (i), James Hart, Gene Smith

See our article: City Council Elections